LONDON (AFP) –
China’s Cao Yuan and Zhang Yanquan won 10m platform diving gold Monday after Britain’s Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield fell from top spot and out of the medals following a botched dive.
The Chinese teenagers tallied 486.78 points from their six dives to win the event from Mexio’s Ivan Navarro and German Sanchez, who took silver, and American bronze-medallists David Boudia and Nicholas McCrory.
Cao, 17, and Zhang, 18, who won both the Beijing and Moscow legs of the 2012 world series and also triumphed in February’s test event, claimed gold on their Olympic debuts.
It leaves China with two golds from the opening two competitions after diving diva Wu Minxia claimed her third synchronised 3m springboard Olympic victory alongside partner Hi Ze on Sunday.
A mistake on their fourth dive cost British pin-up Daley and his partner dearly as they surrendered their lead to finish the round, and ultimately the competition, in fourth.
With ear-splitting support from the home crowd, the Brits had tied China’s Cao and Zhang for the lead after the first round, then pulled clear of the Chinese to establish a narrow advantage in the second and third round.
But a mistake in their execution on the fourth dive, a reverse three-and-a-half somersault with a tuck, handed China a lead which they never relinquished.
The teenagers consolidated their lead in the fifth round, then made sure of gold with a near-perfect score of 99.36 for their final pike dive. China are bidding to sweep all eight diving gold medals at London’s Aquatics Centre.